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The King Steps Out (1936)

 -  Musical | Romance  -  28 May 1936 (USA)
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Princess is destined to marry the Emperor, until her sister steps in.

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Cast overview:
Grace Moore ...
Princess Elizabeth / Cissy (as Miss Grace Moore)
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Maximilian, Duke of Bavaria
Raymond Walburn ...
Col. Von Kempen
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Grand Duchess Sofia
Nana Bryant ...
Louise
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Capt. Palfi
Frieda Inescort ...
Princess Helena
Thurston Hall ...
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Herman Bing ...
Pretzelberger
George Hassell ...
Herlicka
Johnny Arthur ...
Chief of the Secret Police
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Princess is destined to marry the Emperor, until her sister steps in.

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Film debut of Gwen Verdon. See more »

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Learn How To Lose
(Based on the Composer's "Caprice Viennois")
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Music by Fritz Kreisler
Copyright 1936 Carl Fischer, Inc.
Sung by Grace Moore
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8 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one is tough to honestly evaluate. On the one hand you have Grace Moore and her wonderful voice, able and adequate supporting roles, notably by the always reliable and graceful Frieda Inescort, Franchot Tone and Walter Connoly, and of course Sternberg's direction. For me at least that's reason enough to watch any movie, even this one which in some ways is an utter disaster. On the other there's just too much silliness, foolishness and Herman Bing. He can be aggravating enough even in small doses but he does way too much of that trademark tongue rolling and quaking of his for my taste.

And then there's the ages of the real Sisi (Moore's character, Elisabeth of Bavaria) and Franz Josef (Tone's character). When Sisi married Franz Josef she was 16 and he 24, not 40 and 30, the ages of Moore and Tone respectively. Even given the generous poetic license the producers took with the real story which is nothing if not tragic, there's only one way to look at this movie. It is nothing more than a vehicle for Grace Moore. And maybe that's reason enough to watch it.


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